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Elementary Age

BARNETT & COMPANY MASTERWORKS Concerts: Children under the age of 18 can attend FREE with a paid adult ticket. There is a maximum of two free children tickets for each paid adult ticket.
POPS and CHAMBER Concerts: Student tickets are available for $15.
Purchase tickets online or by calling 423.267.8583.

Ensembles in Schools
October through May (by reservation only)

Principal Flute, Kristen Holritz, asks the students some questions during her flute demo.

The CSO String Quintet and Wind Quintet introduce the instruments of the orchestra and basic musical concepts with age-appropriate programs for students in area elementary and secondary schools. The programs address Hamilton County (as well as state and national) standards for music education.

To request a visit, please fill out the CSO Ensembles-in-Schools Request Form.

For additional information, contact Amy Morgan at

Click on the links below to download the Teacher’s Guides for the Ensembles in the Schools performances.

Performance selections may vary from the printed guides.

String Quintet Shows

Ensembles in Schools sponsored by:


with additional support from

The Tucker Foundation

Click to see 2016/17 Ensembles in Schools Report

Young People’s Concerts

For more than 30 years, Link Up—a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute—has paired orchestras with students in grades 3–5 at schools in their local communities to explore orchestral repertoire and fundamental musical skills, including creative work and composition, through a hands-on music curriculum. Students participating in Link Up attend a culminating concert where they sing with the orchestra from their seats. Composers and musicians create melodies, which can be sung or played on instruments. When an orchestra plays these melodies, the orchestra sings. Students explore melody in a range of colorful orchestral repertoire, sing, compose, and perform in a culminating concert.

To learn more or to make reservations, visit or contact Amy Morgan at 423.267.8583 ext 2100 or

Download the Link Up brochure


Conn Center at Lee University 
February 5, 2020
10:00 am & 12:00 pm

Tivoli Theatre
February 6, 2020
10:00 am & 12:00 pm

Tivoli Theatre – SOLD OUT
February 7, 2020
10:00 am


Sensory Friendly Concerts & Resources

Our April 2018 Sensory Friendly concert featured music of the opera, and was held in the children’s area of the Downtown Public Library. Photo by Staci Spring.

Join us this season for one of our sensory friendly concerts! Our sensory friendly concerts feature performances by our String or Wind Ensembles in a space that allows for movement, interaction, or easy listening.  Attendees are invited to sit close to the performers, but quiet rooms are provided for attendees who need a break from the stimulation. All performances and activities are free for children and adults, but pre-registration is appreciated. Doors open and pre-concert activities begin at 10:30am.  Scarves, props, and other manipulatives will be on hand, but please bring any you prefer to use.

Concerts are FREE, but please RSVP by contacting Education & Community Engagement Manager, Amy Morgan, at

2019/20 Concert Dates

October 19, 2019 – 11:00 AM
Location: St. Nicholas School

January 18, 2020 – 11:00 AM
Location: First Christian Church (McCallie Ave)

February 29, 2020 – 11:00 AM
Location: McCallie School

May 9, 2020 – 11:00 AM (CANCELLED)
Chattanooga Preparatory School

Our May 9 Sensory Friendly concert has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 health crisis. For full details, click here.

For more information or to request special accommodations, please contact Amy Morgan at or 423.267.8583 x2100.


Sensory Friendly Resources

Concert Social Narrative (Word)
Concert Narrative (PDF)
Tivoli Theatre Sensory Map (PDF)
SF Social Story – Strings (PDF)
SF Social Story – Winds (PDF)

Meet Your Seat

Bringing a child or student who may need to see and be in the space ahead of the concert?  Please contact Amy Morgan at or 423.267.8583 x 2100 to arrange a time for your child to meet their seat!

Instrument Petting Zoo

IMG_2313The CSO knows that as students learn about the instruments of the orchestra, it is helpful for them to see and touch the instruments. Our collection of petting zoo instruments are ready to make their way to your school or classroom for a trunk show!

All instruments come with an informational packet and additional optional activities and worksheets. Instruments may be checked out for up to two weeks and pick-up/return arrangements must be made by the teacher.

Available instruments:

  • Violin (various student sizes; no full sizes)
  • Viola
  • Double Bass
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Soprano Saxophone
  • Tambourine
  • Various hand drums
  • Various percussion instruments

To check-out an instrument, please download and fill out the form below. Instrument scheduling is subject to availability.
Instrument Check-Out Sheet

For more information, contact Amy Morgan at or at 423.267.8583 x 2100.